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Garman, Steven L., Hester, David J., and Feller, Mark R., 2011, Modeling Urban and Exurban Development in Response to Land-Use Decisions on Public Lands [abstract], in Brady, S.R., ed., Proceedings of the third USGS modeling conference, June 7-11, 2010, Broomfield, Colorado--Understanding and predicting for a changing world: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5147, p. 22.

Hester, David J., Feller, Mark R., and Garman, Steven L., 2011, Monitoring Landscape Change and Socioeconomic Pressures in Colorado’s Energy Alley: Factors Influencing Land-Use Development [abstract], in Brady, S.R., ed., Proceedings of the third USGS modeling conference, June 7-11, 2010, Broomfield, Colorado--Understanding and predicting for a changing world: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5147, p. 29-30.

M3West — Mapping, Monitoring, and Modeling Western U.S. Gateway Community Landscape Dynamics

Locations (red squares) of Western US Gateway Communities and the public lands they abut.
Locations (red squares) of Western US Gateway Communities and
the public lands they abut.
Gateway Communities are communities that abut or are near Federal lands. These communities serve as an entry point for visitors to Federal lands. They function as portals to many cherished landscapes. Gateway Communities provide necessary services for visitors to the Federal public lands and employees of Federal land management agencies. These communities generally have a smaller population base, and yet are hotspots experiencing rapid population and economic growth. Socioeconomic changes, demographic changes, and land-use changes often represent threats to federal land resources, natural amenities, cultural resources, and recreational opportunities. Similarly, activities on federal public lands such as traditional and alternative energy development can adversely impact surrounding Gateway Communities, and so environmental and societal issues for federal land and resource managers and adjacent regional community planners are complex. In this project, prioritized Gateway Communities will be selected as study sites for monitoring urbanization intensity, urban encroachment, and recreational demand impacts.

Principal Investigator: Dave Hester, dhester@usgs.gov, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, CO

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